The satirical puppet news show that fought so hard to make it to tv will go to the 8th South African Film and Television Awards with a harvest of Golden Horns nominations in the TV Comedy Category.

ZANEWS, South Africa’s satirical puppet news show, has done it again and has secured 4 SAFTA nominations after the announcement made last night (5 March 2014)

The actors, writers, editors, puppeteers, puppet-makers and producers behind ZANEWS have been nominated in the following categories:

Best Ensemble in a TV Comedy: Both Worlds (the production company behind ZANEWS)

Best TV Comedy: Both Worlds (the production company behind ZANEWS)

Best Direction of a TV Comedy: Aaron Naidoo and Thierry Cassuto

Best Writing of a TV Comedy; Marianne Tham. Anne Hirsch and Thierry Cassuto

Thierry Cassuto, ZANEWS’s Executive Producer and Creator, had this to say: “We are thrilled that ZANEWS has again been recognized for its contribution to television in SA, proving that, despite all that we’ve heard over the years, yes South Africans are ready for this.” “Every day we show that news and politicians don’t have to be scary – provided that we, the people, pull their strings. And this season we have even gone global, without ignoring the antics our South African politicians love to hate giving us.”

ZANEWS is shown weekly at 9.00 pm on Sundays and 8.30 pm on Tuesdays on StarOne, a channel on StarTimes (Previously Top TV). It is also available daily via the web and mobile at, on the South African iTunes store, on DVDs and as comic in The Big Issue magazine.

Launched by co-founders Thierry Cassuto and Zapiro in 2009, after years of struggle to get support and distribution, ZANEWS has now won or been nominated at most major South African awards, a unique achievement.

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